L. A. is one of those places that you have to experience and enjoy in small slices. And each slice is filled with so many different flavors that all come together to make L.A. what it is – a gathering place of different people, cultures, places, things, ideas, sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures. You can visit the same section or slice of L.A. many times or during different times of the day or night, and each time you go, you can see something that you never noticed before; or see something in a new way, or how something has changed.
On the 2nd Thursday of every month, Downtown L.A. is transformed into a celebration of art.
Free, self-guided tours of about 24 different galleries, a variety of vendors in the creative arts, fantastic food trucks, and of course a crowd of unique individuals for people-watching make this a really cool, fun, and interesting way to spend an afternoon and evening.
I went on The Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk with my cousin, Luke; Mom and Aunt Ariel, and we all had loads of fun!
Before we got started on our walking tour, we of course had to fuel up, so we hit the food trucks!
We have a tradition when we visit food trucks. We all order different foods from different trucks and we share.
This way, if we can’t decide what to eat, we can get a taste of everything.
Mom, Aunt Ariel, Luke, and I, tried a jammin’ Chicken Pesto Crepe at the Crepein’ Around truck.
We tried the pupusas at the Vchos truck, and we split a crispy Cubano and an order of Yucca fries from the Crispy Cuban truck.
For drinks, we each ordered our own custom made lemonades from the Main Squeeze truck.
I got the Pineapple Lemonade, Mom had the Lychee Lemonade. These were delicious and refreshing!
For dessert, we hit the Paradise Cookies and Ice Cream truck where I had the Crushed Oreo Cookie, which is a cookie made with cookies… you can’t beat that!
While we ate, we listened to music from the DJ that was there.
Once we were all fed, it was time to hit the streets and start checking out all of the art! We visited a bunch of galleries. There were 2 that we really liked. Robert Reynolds Art Studio and the Miguel Osuna Art Studio.
The life size boat and plane that Robert Reynolds made was awesome.
We also saw some little historical spots like a shoe shine stop and an old-school barbershop on our walk.
Along with the galleries, there were a ton off street artists there, showing and selling their pieces of art. My mom fell in love with these art pieces of African-American women representing the 4 seasons that were painted by artist Eddy Lee. She especially couldn’t resist the one representing Summer, so she had to get it. Honestly, I think they were all pretty amazing too.
One of the cool vendors that was there, was Minky Ink Publishing. They publish books written for children by children, and they get local artists to illustrate the books. Pretty awesome, right!
One of the child-authors, Sofia Trujillo, and her illustrator, Roel Cancio, were there selling their book, My Pet Teacher. We bought a copy of the book for my younger cousin, Samuel, who has a birthday coming up soon; and Sofia and Roel signed the book for us.
While we were there, Roel did a drawing of me hanging out in the Ocean, and a picture of Luke playing basketball. He’s got some mad skills!
Hanging out with people you have fun with, while discovering new places, people, and things is one of the very best ways to spend your time.
So grab a few friends and do The Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk, or find out what kind of walks or activities the city near you has to offer.